first_imgHanover, NH, February 9, 2005 – UK Architects, PC, has finalized a contract with the Sugar River Redevelopment Company, LLC, to be the Architect of Record for the rehabilitation of the Peterson and Wainshal Mill Buildings in Claremont, New Hampshire. UK Architects will be working in collaboration with the Design Collective, an architectural firm from Baltimore, Maryland. The Design Collective will provide master planning and schematic design services for the project, and UK Architects will be responsible for implementing the design and overseeing the construction. This professional collaboration brings expertise in the area of mill building rehabilitation, along with local knowledge and project oversight experience, to Sugar River Redevelopment and the City of Claremont.The Peterson and Wainshal Mill Buildings were originally part of the Monadnock Mills Company founded in 1846, and were used primarily for the manufacture of cotton goods. The Wainshal Building was constructed in 1853 and is one of the few remaining examples of mill construction with a monitor-style roof that admits light or air into the space. In 1915, the building was extended with a rear addition that approximately doubled its size. The Peterson Building was built in 1892, and at some later date, an upper story was added to it. The Monadnock Mills Company closed its mills in the 1930s, and the buildings, for the most part, have remained unused since that time. Both buildings are classic examples of New England brick mill construction and are integral to the architecture of Claremonts historic mill district.The developer, Sugar River Redevelopment Company of Burlington, Vermont, is tentatively proposing a mixed-use redevelopment of the two existing buildings into residential condominiums and commercial offices. The structures large windows, wood interior columns and beams, and brick walls lend themselves to interesting architectural interiors. The design team, the developer, and City officials will begin preliminary planning and design in the latter half of February.UK Architects, PC, led by principals Hunter Ulf, AIA, and Chris Kennedy, AIA, is located in Hanover, New Hampshire and provides architectural services that make a lasting difference in communities and the environment through their work with residential, commercial, and institutional clients. Founded in 1992, a sample of the firms recent projects include the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Vermont, the renovation of the Bridgman Building in downtown Hanover, New Hampshire, and the Billings Common Office Park in Wilder, Vermont.# # #Contact: M. Hunter Ulf, AIA UK Architects, PC 23 South Main Street, Suite 2A Hanover, NH 03743 Phone: 603-643-8868, x123 Fax: 603-643-5958last_img read more

first_imgWhether you’re a fan of the Las Vegas strip or not, you can’t argue with Steve Wynn when he said “Human resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.”Credit unions everywhere are relying on evolving technology to attract and maintain members. But what is your credit union doing to empower human resources (HR) – the backbone of your organization?The goal of every HR department is to hire and retain the best candidates. Candidates that will be invested in your credit union and go above and beyond to get the job done. Candidates who will ensure member satisfaction and, ultimately, increase profitability.To be both cost- and compliance-conscious while keeping member service top of mind, your credit union need to get as much value as possible out of their existing technology investments. One of the most cost-effective options is to leverage the capabilities of your existing document management or enterprise content management (ECM) solution across your credit union.Here are three areas in HR where your ECM solution can help you the most.RecruitingYour ECM solution captures and stores applications and resumes as they are received. With that applicant information centrally located, everyone on the HR team has access to all the information they need, when they need it, to make smart hiring decisions, not blind bets – before the competition.Once the ECM solution captures applications, it automatically forwards them for quick decision making. And when you’ve chosen a candidate, document templates generate the offer letter, route it through approvals, and track changes by managers so your credit union quickly sends the offer letter. This allows recruiters to spend more time identifying the best candidates for jobs and less time organizing paperwork and supporting documentation to begin the search in the first place.OnboardingECM gives HR personnel the tools they need to better manage the onboarding process and provide new employees with smooth transitions and sweeting their honeymoon period. By providing HR with a holistic view of all related information in a single location, staff easily tracks the entire onboarding process and monitor tasks across departments. Through automation, increased visibility and centralized information management, new employees are ready for work on day one.Policies & proceduresWhen HR policies and procedures are stored on paper, ensuring employees review and acknowledge these documents is time consuming and prone to error. Using your ECM solution, HR departments efficiently create, distribute and track employee acknowledgement of policies and procedures while reducing associated administrative tasks such as filing, copying and mailing documents. With this documented proof of both policy distribution and employee sign off, organizations strengthen compliance and minimize liability while holding all dealers and players, er, I mean employees accountable.HR’s applicability for ECM has mainly grown due to legal and compliance reasons, such as protection against age-discrimination lawsuits or certifying an employee’s receipt of a required form. But it also involves the growing need for efficiencies in storage and processing of documents in personnel offices. From recruiting and onboarding to payroll and records management, ECM manages documents and processes so HR can focus on employees, not paper.Running a successful credit union has nothing to do with beginner’s luck. There are opportunities for process improvement within every single credit union. In the next part of this series, we’ll take a look at how as a connected credit union, you can leverage your ECM solution to transform your accounting processes. 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: Details Today’s mobile-first consumers expect their financial institution to be accessible wherever and whenever they want. In fact, Javelin predicts that 81% of U.S. adults will use mobile banking by 2020. With more consumers choosing to bank through the mobile channel each year, how can banks and credit unions create a powerful mobile reputation in 2016? Adopting these three key standards for the mobile channel will ensure your stellar mobile reputation.Number One: Anywhere Account Opening ProcessYour mobile reputation starts with a first impression—opening an account. Your mobile version of this process should allow for fully end-to-end, all-inclusive account creation, funding, and identify verification all through a tablet or a smartphone. If this process is not user-friendly or convenient enough, your institution could fall victim to the now prevalent 80% mobile account opening abandonment rate (Mobile Strategy Partners).Number Two: Intuitive and Responsive Mobile Banking Application Design and ExperienceCreating a fully-optimized and responsive mobile experience is critical to your mobile reputation. Chances are high that if consumers perceive a less than satisfactory experience, they’ll happily close your app and move on to a different institution’s app that’s more user friendly—costing you their business. Design a mobile banking app in which navigation between each screen and prompt requires as few maneuvers and keystrokes as possible.Number Three: Industry Standard Features and TechnologyConsumers expect to be able to conduct the same transactions through the mobile channel as they can through online banking and in your branch. In the past, specific mobile features and technology used to distinguish one institution from another. Today, features like remote deposit capture, mobile account opening, funds transfers, mobile bill pay, and mobile loan applications, are expected features of any mobile banking app, and should be on your roadmap.Credit unions need to make their mobile reputation a priority in 2016. This includes the new account opening process, providing an intuitive user interface on all devices (smartphone and tablet), and offering staple features and technology to give account holders the ultimate level of convenience. Implementing these three baseline standards will allow your institution to construct a solid reputation for excellence.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old man was shot dead in Roosevelt on Friday night, Nassau County police said.First Precinct officers responded to a call for shots fired on Hudson Avenue, where Carlos Ulises Ventura-Zelaya was found suffering from bullet wounds at 10:17 p.m., police said.The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

first_imgSpecificallyIowa HouseMichigan HouseMinnesota Senate (not set in stone yet but looks likely Dems netted only one seat here)North Carolina HouseNorth Carolina SenatePennsylvania House (also not set in stone but not looking great)Texas House So what happened?Did disaffected Republicans take their ire at Trump out at the top of their ballots and then ticket-split to support GOPers further down?Should Democrats have worked harder to tie down-ballot Republicans to Trump?Were resources allocated poorly?I could drop a hot take here, but I respect you too much for that.- Advertisement – Okay, fast forward to, like, now.Let’s talk about how the situation has changed… and no, it’s not good.We’re not even talking pre-election status quo here.Things definitely got worse for Democrats in the next round of redistricting.Which means winning a majority in the U.S. House is going to be even harder for Democrats over the course of the next decade.Tuesday saw the GOP’s redistricting edge expand from three- or four-to-one to potentially four- or five-to-one.Yes, Republicans may end up drawing five times as many districts as Democrats.Tuesday’s election results create a grave risk of another decade of minority rule by the GOP both in Congress and in statehouses nationwide.But there’s something else at play in the upcoming round of redistricting that wasn’t a factor in 2011.Back then, many new maps in southern states were subject to the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act.… a requirement the U.S. Supreme Court killed in Shelby County v. Holder back in 2013.This ruling also paved the way for a new wave of voter suppression laws, the repercussions of which we’re still dealing with as I type, as votes are still being counted in places like Georgia and Arizona. North Carolina:Governor: Democratic hold (but super irrelevant in this context)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican holdBonus! Supreme Court: Democratic holdBattles over redistricting are set to continue after Republicans not only maintained their majorities, but also unexpectedly gained seats. And although Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper won reelection, it totally doesn’t matter: he’s unable to veto most key redistricting bills.Republicans ousted at least one Democratic incumbent on the state Supreme Court and lead in two uncalled races where absentee and provisional ballots will decide whether Democrats majority stays at 6-1 or narrows to 5-2 (or even 4-3).This matters because state courts curtailed the GOP’s gerrymanders last year.But while those rulings curbed the GOP’s worst map-drawing excesses, they didn’t entirely eliminate the problem. While results in some statehouses are still shaking out (yeah, I’m looking at you, Arizona), we already know that Republicans successfully defended their majorities in several key chambers.Campaign Action- Advertisement – But many of those majorities were extremely small.Dems held several chambers by just a couple of seats. If Democrats are able to flip a legislative chamber, the state’s divided government would sort out the aftermath of a ruling or GOP action against the IRC.Perhaps they’d reach a bipartisan compromise!… more likely, though, is that new maps would be drawn by the courts, which tend to favor nonpartisan districts. Minnesota:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Democratic holdSenate: Republican hold(?—uncalled as of this writing)Democrats appear to have fallen just short in their bid to win trifecta control in Minnesota, though final tallies have yet to be announced.The state currently has nonpartisan maps drawn by a court and is poised to again after 2020.;dr— This round of redistricting might not be as bad for Democrats as the last round, but it’s not shaping up to be much better.And depending on SCOTUS interference, it could arguably be worse. The trust is that we just don’t know yet.All of these things could be true. None of them could be true.But here are two things that are 100% true:Democrats were vying to flip districts specifically gerrymandered to elect Republicans.While the disparity wasn’t as severe as in cycles past, Republicans out-raised Democrats and outspent them in several key chambers.- Advertisement – But then the party collectively seemed to forget that redistricting was going to be happening in 2011.Republicans, as we know, very much did not forget, and they outspent Democrats three-to-one to target a handful of flippable seats in key chambers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and more.Republicans flipped 21 chambers in 2010.In 2020, they flipped … three.Don’t get me wrong: A GOP trifecta in New Hampshire is a Bad Thing.And this means Republicans get to re-gerrymander that state Senate (and the House, but with 400 seats, that chamber is always a bit of a crapshoot, honestly).But federally, this gives the GOP complete control over drawing a whole two congressional districts.The bad news from Election 2020 isn’t what Republicans won.It’s what Republicans successfully defended.I wrote previously in this space about how the next round of redistricting could shake out for Democrats, depending on the level of success they had in flipping GOP-held chambers this week.Before Nov. 3, Republicans had complete control over the drawing of anywhere from 37% to 45% of all congressional districts nationwide.Democrats would control the drawing of just 10% to 11%.The remaining districts would be drawn via redistricting commissions (with varying degrees of independence), compromises reached in states with divided governments, and/or the courts (when some of those divided governments inevitably deadlock). Sure, this three- or four-to-one advantage would have been lousy—but not as bad as it was in 2011, when Republicans had a better than five-to-one advantage in drawing congressional districts. My talented Daily Kos Elections colleagues have assembled a super detailed breakdown of how Tuesday’s results impact the next round of redistricting, but here are the crucial toplines:Why we still care what happens in Arizona even though they have an Independent Redistricting Commission: Governor: Republican (up in 2022)House: Republican? (uncalled)Senate: Republican? (uncalled)Arizona has had an independent redistricting commission in place since 2000, but with the U.S. Supreme Court’s newly conservative configuration, the IRC is at a big of risk of being struck down.Republicans in the legislature have repeatedly sought to undermine the commission, so ending the GOP’s control of state government would help insulate and preserve it. – Advertisement – Pennsylvania:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Republican (uncalled but likely) holdSenate: Republican (uncalled but likely) hold But let’s face it: Even if Democrats flip one or both chambers in Arizona, Election Day 2020 was a disappointment.Ya know what? I’ll take disappointment over a bloodbath.Here’s a little perspective.Election Day 2010 replaced Election Day 2000 as the most excruciating of my life, and even 2016 wasn’t savage enough to supplant it.And 2020 certainly wasn’t.It’s an oft-forgotten fact that Democrats appeared to be sitting pretty before the 2010 elections.They held majorities in 60 chambers.Republicans held just 36, and two were tied. Texas:Governor: Republican (up in 2022)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican holdI mentioned in this space last week that Republicans were pumping tons of late cash into these state House races, and WOW did that effort pay off.Texas is arguably the most important state for Republican congressional gerrymandering, and Democrats failed to make the big gains needed to flip the state House to break the GOP’s trifecta control of the state.But wait, it gets worse!Democrats also failed to lay the groundwork for striking down gerrymanders later this decade after Republicans swept all four seats up this year to maintain their 9-0 state Supreme Court majority. Why we care what happens in Michigan even though they have an independent redistricting commission:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican (up in 2022)In 2018, Michigan voters approved a ballot measure establishing a redistricting commission, stripping the legislature of its power to draw district maps for itself and for the U.S. House. Okay, one more piece of lousy news before I remind you (… and myself) that last night wasn’t a total disaster.But on to less terrible news!And while Republican legislators in many states will now have to deal with newly elected QAnon believers in their caucuses, Democrats celebrated a lot of positive firsts.This list is in no way exhaustive—feel free to hit me up with other cool Democratic state legislative first you know of! New Hampshire:Governor: Republican holdHouse: Republican flipSenate: Republican flipYeah, didn’t think I’d be talking about this one.last_img read more

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first_img7-13 King Arthurs Circle, Sovereign IslandTHERE are plenty of amazing coastal properties to choose from on the market at the moment, particularly if you’ve got plenty to spend.The Gold Coast is renowned for having some of the most amazing beachfront and waterfront homes on offer.One of the most impressive listings is a seven-bedroom home at 7-13 King Arthurs Court, Sovereign Islands. 7-13 King Arthurs Circle, Sovereign IslandA main staircase was designed and manufactured in Italy and shipped in one piece. It is listed by Vivian Yu and Paul Arthur of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty.Also impressive is an incredible seven-bedroom home at 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island. The house, which is known as Sails, has 176 metres of water frontage and is guarded by marble lion sentinels. 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island.Inside the double-height foyers is s Versace inspired water feature. The home was designed with curves and extensive balconies to simulate the sensation of sailing on an ocean liner.There are gold swan taps n the bathrooms, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, and a self-contained penthouse apartment with a balcony which its listing describes as “big enough to land a helicopter’’.The block has deep water frontage and a protected mooring for a 160-foot vessel. It is listed through Douglas Hoang and Claire Dai of The Venetian Real Estate – Surfers Paradise.Another amazing home listed for sale on the Gold Coast is at 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach. Picture: Tom Offermann Real EstateAlso on the Sunshine Coast a five-bedroom home at 9 Kiamba Court is listed for $4.75 million.The home, known as Cloudbank, is also at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.It has large balconies and views over the beach. The home is fitted out with plenty of new technology including a 360 degree rotating view television, SONOS entertainment control system that can be controlled with a smart phone, in-built speakers, ducted airconditioning, ducted vacuum and motorised awnings. 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach. Picture: Tom Offermann Real EstateThe beachfront home which is owned by former Australian tennis champ, Pat Rafter, is at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. It is on 1286sq m of land with its own landscaped path to the beach.The open plan home has extensive decking, an infinity-edge pool and ocean views.There is also a fireplace.and storage for surfboards. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands.It has 55 metres of water frontage and formal and informal living spaces.The outdoor dining area has a Teppanyaki barbecue and there is a 25 metre swimming pool, gym and steam room, plus a yoga studio and meditation/massage room. 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach. Picture: Tom Offermann Real EstateIt is listed through Eric Seetoo and Tom Offermann of Tom Offermann Real Estate – Noosa Heads.center_img 9 Kaimba Court, Sunshine Beach. Picture: kitchen has a built in cold room and there are vegetable gardens, multiple storage areas and parking for four cars. 9 Kaimba Court, Sunshine Beach. Picture: is listed through Jesse Stowers of Tom Offermann Real Estate – Noosa Heads. 7-13 King Arthurs Circle, Sovereign IslandThe home, known as Château de Rêves is on a 3070 sqm absolute waterfront site at Sovereign Islands. It has 85 metre of water frontage and uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast broadwater and skyline. The home was built in 2001 and also has two studies, two kitchens and staff quarters.The internal finishes were imported from around the world and include Venetian Murano glass, an Italian imported timber balustrade and Botticino marble floors. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands.It is listed through Lisa Halpin of Savills – Gold Coast.On the Sunshine Coast at home at 46 Seaview Tce, has 7 bedrooms, five bathrooms and an asking price of more than $18 million. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands.The seven-bedroom, Mediterranean inspired, waterfront mansion has views to Stradroke Island and Surfers Paradise.The home has private guest accommodation and secure parking for up to 15 cars including basement parking.last_img read more